By David A. Ross

The Irish poet William Butler Yeats is frequently thought of the most well known English-language poet of the twentieth century, yet he used to be additionally a tremendous playwright, folklorist, critic, and flesh presser. This quantity covers all of Yeats' vital poems, his performs and different non-fiction writing.

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E. Moore (Sturge Moore’s brother), Giovanni Gentile, and Spengler, among other thinkers. Yeats’s intellectual bearings were shifting in other ways as well. Poems like “At Galway Races,” “A Prayer for my Daughter,” and “Upon a House shaken by the Land Agitation” had long indicated a predilection for the values and traditions of Ireland’s landed class. By the mid-1920s, Yeats had more pointedly come to associate these values with the Protestant culture of Georgian Ireland and with the great figures of Georgian culture: Jonathan Swift (1667–1745), Berkeley (1685–1753), Edmund Burke (1729–97), Oliver Goldsmith (1731–74), and Henry Grattan (1746– 1820).

Poems Written in Discouragement was followed by an expanded volume, Responsibilities: Poems and a Play, which the Cuala Press published on May 25, 1914. Yeats’s modernism—whether Pound-inspired or Poundconfirmed—was now on full display in a new tautness and topicality; in a new assertion of personality; in a sexual frankness and muscular belligerence that seemed to dispense firmly and finally with Victorian politesse. The volume brimmed with polemical and imaginative energy. In addition to the powerful poems that had appeared in Poems Written in Discouragement, highlights included “Fallen Majesty” (another indelible homage to Gonne), “The Cold Heaven” (reprinted), and “The Magi” (a foretaste of the apocalyptic metaphysics out of which Yeats would craft a bevy of later masterpieces).

166–167). As an imaginative writer, Yeats incorporated mythic, folkloric, and local elements in his work; as an editor and journalist, he championed the same, as well as attempted to rehabilitate the Anglo-Irish literary tradition of the 19th century. Simultaneously, he was a busy and increasingly influential cultural organizer. In 1892, he helped found the Irish Literary Society of London and the National Literary Society of Dublin, both of which were dedicated to the advancement of Irish culture and letters.

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